Mayors Bet on World Series With Volunteer Service

October 27, 2009 Updated: October 27, 2009

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK—The scores of the New York Yankees and the Philadelphia Phillies at the World Series will determine the fate of Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, who made a first-of-its-kind bet on Tuesday.

The losing mayor will travel to the winning city to join the winning mayor in a volunteer service project, while wearing the winning team’s jersey. The loser will also need to provide free lunch from a local establishment for the volunteers working with the winning mayor.

“Over the past two seasons, the Phillies have been on an incredible ride, but the defending champs are about to become the former champs. The Yanks will be bringing the World Series title back to where it belongs—New York City,” said Bloomberg in a press release.

Win or lose, Bloomberg will join Publicolor to work with students to paint open spaces at Intermediate School 131, the Albert Einstein School in Bronx. Nutter will participate in the city of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program to paint a mural on the side of a Philadelphia recreation center.

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter. (Jeff Fusco/Getty Images)
Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter. (Jeff Fusco/Getty Images)
The city of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program connects artists with communities through a collaborative process rooted in the traditions of mural-making.

“The real winner of this friendly wager is the Philadelphia community that stands by our teams,” said Nutter. “We will reward their dedication with this public arts project that focuses on our children. The only thing more certain for Philadelphia than a repeat is a mural for the community to enjoy.”

Publicolor, where Bloomberg will volunteer, is a strong partner of NYC Service, Bloomberg’s strategy to increase volunteerism in New York City. Publicolor teaches the process of commercial painting to at-risk students in order to involve them in their education, schools, and community.

“Baseball rivalries aside, helping empower at-risk students to create change in their school environment is important service. And I think Mayor Nutter is going to look great in pinstripes,” said Bloomberg.